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Wondering About Air Quality After Diwali? Here’s How You Check It

Wondering About Air Quality After Diwali? Here’s How You Check It

It was a foggy morning in the national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 10.5 degrees Celsius and air quality deteriorating to "severe" level a day after Diwali. "However, we are seeing marginal improvement in pollution numbers".

Anticipating high pollution levels in November 1-10, EPCA put a halt to construction activities in Delhi -NCR, shut down of coal- and biomass-based industries during November 4-10, and asked people to limit exposure to the foul air. "My mother was not a smoker or drinker, but yes, she was guilty of living in Delhi".

Mani Kumar Iyer, a resident of suburban Ghatkopar, complained that some people continued bursting crackers even past midnight.

A United States consulate official, however, said the consulate index, which only projects the air quality of the area surrounding Ho Chi Minh Sarani, was not reflective of the entire city. "The police did stop bursting of crackers at several localities after 10pm, but we did not make any arrests". We do not understand green or red crackers.

Another resident of Lajpat Nagar, who did not wish to be identified, said the order of the top court came out too late and and she can not forgo the celebration of the festival over it.

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Sunil Dahiya, a senior campaigner with Greenpeace India, said religious fervour was one of the reasons why people still let off fireworks despite mounting health concerns.

"The judiciary has given our executive the necessary tools".

The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) department said it received a total of 501 calls within 32 hours - between 12.1 a.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday - on the occasion of Diwali.

Modi has not publicly addressed the health crisis that has engulfed the capital. "The police could have been helped by the politicians and local authorities for strictly enforcing the order". In recent weeks Delhi doctors have reported an increase in the number of patients with respiratory problems due to a rise in pollution levels from burning crop residue, vehicle exhausts and industrial gases.

While seven people were detained for allegedly flouting the apex court's guidelines and bursting crackers after the 10 pm deadline, Mirror spotted hordes of residents on Carter Road, Marine Drive and Worli Seaface, who disregarded the order, sending noise and air pollution levels skyrocketing with their pyrotechnics. "The lungs are extremely vulnerable", he says, referring to the sweep of illnesses, from asthma to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) to structural lung diseases and hypersensitivity pneumonitis, where the lungs become inflamed as an allergic reaction to inhaled dust, fungus, moulds or chemicals.


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